Adarsh panel raps Gidwani for `evasive` replies
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 21:23
Mumbai: The judicial panel probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam on Wednesday rapped Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, one of the chief promoters of the society and former Congress MLC, for giving "evasive" answers during his deposition.

"It is found that the witness (Gidwani) has been giving evasive answers to the questions put to him and he feigns failure of memory to every question," the two-member inquiry commission observed.

Gidwani is being examined by advocate Dipan Merchant, who appears for the panel.

The commission's remark came when Merchant was questioning Gidwani as to whether the recommendation to include 40 per cent civilians in the society was made by the society itself or by then Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan.

Gidwani first said the suggestion was made by the society and accepted by Chavan, but later he said he did not remember who gave the suggestion.

"In 2000, I along with brigadier M M Wanchoo and R C Thakur, Adarsh's secretary, met then revenue minister Ashok Chavan. He (Chavan) told us specifically that the government had framed a specific policy in respect of allotment of government land to societies. The policy was contained in government resolution dated July 9, 1999," Gidwani said, adding there was no discussion about inclusion of civilians.

The former Congress MLC further said that in the resolution there is no reference to introduction of 40 per cent civilians as members of co-operative housing societies.

When asked how civilians were then permitted to be members of the high-rise and who made the suggestion in this regard, Gidwani claimed he could not recall.

Chavan, who is named as an accused by CBI in its FIR in the case, is alleged to have recommended inclusion of 40 per cent civilians in Adarsh by allegedly misused his official position.


First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 21:23

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